NOTES — MILK CHOCOLATE | TOBACCO | BOLD
GAO WEN is Hugo Tea Company’s flagship black tea from Central Yunnan province, China. A dianhong (“Yunnan red”) production from da ye (“big leaf”) cultivar bushes, this lot is distinguished by a unique processing step atypical of most dianhong production: several rounds of high-heat roasting to finish. Through on-site collaboration with the tea makers of Ma Wei Shan, Hugo Tea developed this process to smooth out the bright fruit notes of dianhong in favor of the malty and complex floral qualities older tree Yunnan black tea is lauded for. The result is an ideal breakfast tea.
This annual dinahong is produced in late spring from high-mountain rows of young tea trees. Ma Wei Shan, situated just outside Simao, is foremost a pu’er producer—like their sheng productions, their dianhong is produced with a mix of tips and 2-3 leaves down the shoot that are hand-plucked, sorted, withered in the sun, snail-rolled and bruised to high oxidation, and twice baked to dry. The final bake, at 500ºF, is a process developed in partnership with the factory to accentuate the material’s malty sweetness. Earlier in the spring, the same garden’s buds and first 1-2 leaves are used to produce the annual due gang bai.
On the mountain, the producers steep a healthy pinch for a few seconds at a time, coaxing out roses, cherries, and deep sweetness. Push this tea for 2-3 minutes with water just off the boil for a classic black tea profile of malt and roast. Excellent candidate for jianshui zitao (purple clay) teapot seasoning.
This tea is certified organic.
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